Rachel Drauden will perform on the Rialto Square Theater stage next month as she competes for the title of Rialto Idol.
The theater has found the best singing talent in the area and Drauden, of Coal City, is among the top 20 performers who will appear in the finals on Saturday, Aug. 2.
Finalists are selected on the basis of vocals, performance and audience appeal. Drauden performed Don't Rain on My Parade, from the 1964 musical Funny Girl for the audition and plans to sing the song again for the panel of celebrity judges at the finals.
Rialto Idol is for adults age 17 and older, and the theater also hosts Idol Junior a contest that is divided into two age categories.
Drauden, daughter of Melody and Gordon Drauden, was previously selected as a semi-finalist in the Rialto Idol Junior contest. She is also a past winner of the Grundy County Agricultural District Fair Talent Contest.
A senior at Coal City High School, Drauden began singing at a young age and enjoys a variety of music. She's taken voice lessons for several years and is involved in the vocal music program at the high school. She's also appeared in school musicals, most recently as Mama Ogre and the voice of Dragon.
The community is invited to cheer Drauden on during the Rialto Idol finals that get underway at 7 p.m. on Aug. 2 at the theater in downtown Joliet.
Tickets, $15 each or a four pack at $50, can be purchased at the Rialto box office, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet or by calling 815-726-6600 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or through all Ticketmaster outlets or on-line at www.ticketmaster.com or rialtosquare.com.
Tickets for the Sunday, Aug. 3 Rialto Junior contest area also available at a cost of $10 per person or $30 for a four pack.
Winners at all levels will receive a cash prize and have the opportunity to perform as an opening act at the Rialto.